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College graduates don't always out-earn high school grads

At every level short of graduate school, there’s a not-insignificant chance that a successful high-school graduate will out-earn you. None of this suggests that motivated students shouldn’t go to college, especially if they’re committed to finishing. A degree is still a good bet and technology rewards education more than ever.

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Charter school battle erodes middle ground

Education reform has turned into such a bitter battleground, it’s easy to forget it was forged over a search for common ground: the best way to teach children and maximize their learning potential.

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Hispanic population driving growth in student enrollment in Kansas

A new study by the Kansas Association of School Boards predicts that within five years as many as 25,000 additional students will be enrolled in Kansas public schools, pushing total enrollment above 500,000 for the first time since 1970.

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Districts debate merits of advanced degrees for teachers

Efforts to eliminate extra pay for teachers who earn advanced degrees are gaining momentum in a small but growing number of U.S. schools, stirring a national debate about how best to compensate quality educators and angering teachers who say the extra training is valuable.

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Are multiplayer games the future of education?

The reason games work is that they actively engage players cognitively, emotionally, and socially to keep them motivated to play. Even failure is attractive in the game universe, since players know if they keep trying, they will eventually master the skill or beat the level.

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As Texas teacher pay lags, attrition and class size grow

Stacked up against other states, Texas public schools could win the best-bang-for-your-buck competition. The state has consistently ranked among the bottom five nationally in per-student spending yet some academic performance measures are on the upswing.

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Why super-elite public magnet schools aren’t necessary anymore

The admissions formula at New York's Stuyvesant High School has not yielded a student body that looks like New York—not even close. Of the 952 admissions offers Stuyvesant made in 2014, 71 percent went to students of Asian origin, while only 2.9 percent went to black and Latino students.

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Why middle school should be abolished

We need to cut the middle out of middle schools, either by combining them with the guidance and nurturing that children find in elementary school, or with the focus on adult success that we expect from our high schools.

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Special education needs to be a budget priority

Since 2003, the number of Massachusetts special needs students has increased by over 6 percent. That is a challenge facing all schools and educators and we must continue to invest in cost-effective, innovative programs that prepare students to become productive members of society, hold jobs, contribute to the economy, and live as independently as possible.

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The untapped potential of teacher networks

While there are certainly simpler ways to network teachers, investing in the infrastructure to build network organizations has the potential to move the profession, and with it, the quality of teaching and learning everywhere.

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